First ICRC meeting centers on Marion County district lines

In its first public hearing on how best to redraw congressional and legislative district lines, the newly formed Indiana Citizens Redistricting Commission heard Wednesday evening from a succession of Marion County residents who, in the words of one, "want to vote with people of my community, not people who live an hour away from me.'' The commission, a nine-member “multipartisan” citizens group formed to advise and offer an alternative to the upcoming redrawing of congressional and legislative district lines by the Indiana General Assembly, plans a series of eight additional public hearings, all held virtually due to public health concerns…

Indiana Citizens Redistricting Commission announces schedule of public hearings

The Indiana Citizens Redistricting Commission, a bipartisan citizens group formed to advise and offer an alternative to the upcoming redrawing of congressional and legislative district lines by the Indiana General Assembly, has announced a schedule of virtual public hearings to discuss the issue statewide. According to a news release from the commission, the public meetings will center on several questions: "Should districts emphasize compactness?  What about competition – should maps be drawn to encourage political competition?.  Should current politicians have the districts drawn around their residences, or should they be drawn 'incumbent blind?' And, what are the important communities of…

Indiana Citizens Redistricting Commission announces 9 members

The Indiana Citizens Redistricting Commission, a shadow panel formed to advise and potentially propose alternatives to this year's redistricting process in the Indiana General Assembly, has announced a group of nine Hoosiers who will be its members. The commission plans a series of virtual meetings in February and early March, organized by congressional district, to discuss issues such as the criteria should drive the redistricting process and to identify "communities of interests" that could form the basis for drawing congressional and legislative district lines. “Almost three hundred Hoosiers applied for a seat on the ICRC so it wasn’t easy narrowing…